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Former Sen. Bennett: GOP should be 'careful' before nominating Tea Partier
The Hill ^ | February 26, 2011 | Michael O'Brien

Posted on 02/26/2011 3:12:27 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Republicans must "be careful" before nominating a presidential candidate identified with the Tea Party movement, a veteran former senator said Friday evening.

Former Sen. Robert Bennett (R-Utah) warned his party against nominating a candidate too quickly after the early caucuses and primaries, urging the GOP to instead pursue someone with more national appeal.

"If you're going to nominate a national candidate, don't make the mistake of assuming that those who attend the early caucuses and the early primaries speak for the nation as a whole," Bennett said on Fox News. "If you're going to have a national candidate, you'd better have a national view."

Bennett was ousted from the Senate after losing renomination at a state convention to a Tea Party candidate, Mike Lee, now the Republican senator from Utah. He said that many of those Tea Party nominees, though, in other Senate races cost the party a shot at the majority in the upper chamber.

That should serve as a "cautionary tale" to Republicans as they look to nominate a candidate for president, Bennett said.

"The Republican nominee has almost always been closer to the center than the center of gravity in the Republican Party," he explained.


TOPICS: Utah; Parties; State and Local; U.S. Senate
KEYWORDS: 2012; backstabbers4romney; rinos4romney; rinos4romneycare; saboteurs4romney; teaparty; teapartyexpress; teapartyrebellion
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Did anyone think to ask former Congressman Alan Grayson his opinion, while they were at it?
1 posted on 02/26/2011 3:12:28 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Maybe they should be asking Witch Murky.


2 posted on 02/26/2011 3:14:10 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The people with "national appeal" aren't very appealing.

John McCain? Bob Dole? really, should we go that way again?

3 posted on 02/26/2011 3:15:03 PM PST by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Thanks for the advice, loser.


4 posted on 02/26/2011 3:15:10 PM PST by Dr. Thorne (Buy Gold and Guns Now!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Bennett is entirely correct.

Before one may govern, he/she must be elected.

We will not decide who will be the next President, nor will the far-left. Rs and Ds wil always each get about 38 to 42% of the vote.

It's the middle of the roaders, the independents, who decide national elections. We will need a candidate who can attract them, not a Sharon Angle or Christine O'Donnell.

5 posted on 02/26/2011 3:17:23 PM PST by MindBender26 (Fighting the "con" in Conservatism on FR since 1998.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The same guy who said the Constitution is not at risk?
The same guy my friend saw reading girly magazines in the DC airport some years back?


6 posted on 02/26/2011 3:19:38 PM PST by Suz in AZ
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Pushing RINO Romney off ont6o us ...

Romney is not a TEA Partier so that is who bennett has to mean...

“national appeal” ???

Slippery as a banana peel but hardly our cuppa TEA...


7 posted on 02/26/2011 3:20:14 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“cost the party a shot at the majority in the upper chamber. “

yes it cost the RINO’s a shot at continuing to milk us dry for the communist takeover we see happening...

They are scared as hell, anyone on the left, they can see We the People will Not crawl into the graves they dug for us.

We Shall Not Be Overcome!!!

EL


8 posted on 02/26/2011 3:21:11 PM PST by Eureka_Lead (No political party has ever become a dictatorship when the citizens have firearms - Stay Vigilant)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“If you’re going to nominate a national candidate, don’t make the mistake of assuming that those who attend the early caucuses and the early primaries speak for the nation as a whole...”

Bill, BOOBY, with scant few exceptions, you mean like the candidates typically nominated by the go along to get along, establishment country club Pubbies in the past?

That’s most likely why the nation has become a fiscal BLACK hole.


9 posted on 02/26/2011 3:22:45 PM PST by Dick Bachert
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“If you’re going to nominate a national candidate, don’t make the mistake of assuming that those who attend the early caucuses and the early primaries speak for the nation as a whole...”

Bill, BOOBY, with scant few exceptions, you mean like the candidates typically nominated by the go along to get along, establishment country club Pubbies in the past?

That’s most likely why the nation has become a fiscal BLACK hole.


10 posted on 02/26/2011 3:22:51 PM PST by Dick Bachert
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To: Dr. Thorne

Ditto!


11 posted on 02/26/2011 3:27:40 PM PST by demkicker (Helping Democrats Become Extinct - Politically Not Literally!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s not like he’s biased or anything./s


12 posted on 02/26/2011 3:28:36 PM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: Dr. Thorne

We cant rock the GOP RINO boat, can we?


13 posted on 02/26/2011 3:31:25 PM PST by max americana
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To: Tanniker Smith

This kind of thinking is exactly why Bennent lost his primary. You really get to see how these guys view governing, leadership,and conservatism after they no longer have to pretend. The problem is what we are hearing from him is the idea that we should strategize so that our candidate is a milquetoast one. Even the Tea Party candidates who lost did better than McCain. We didnt win this last election by acting like spineless tapioca filled bags of mush.


14 posted on 02/26/2011 3:34:14 PM PST by Maelstorm (Better to keep your enemy in your sights than in your camp expecting him to guard your back.)
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To: Tanniker Smith

This kind of thinking is exactly why Bennent lost his primary. You really get to see how these guys view governing, leadership,and conservatism after they no longer have to pretend. The problem is what we are hearing from him is the idea that we should strategize so that our candidate is a milquetoast one. Even the Tea Party candidates who lost did better than McCain. We didnt win this last election by acting like spineless tapioca filled bags of mush.


15 posted on 02/26/2011 3:34:28 PM PST by Maelstorm (Better to keep your enemy in your sights than in your camp expecting him to guard your back.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Regardless who we run for president, one fact will be clear in 2012 Bennett”

More RINO’s like yourself along with a lot more democrats will be voted out in 2012.


16 posted on 02/26/2011 3:34:28 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: Paladin2

Bennett is a jerk. He couldn’t have picked a worse time to move to the left, as the election clearly showed.

You lost, Bennett. Now get a real job.


17 posted on 02/26/2011 3:37:04 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: MindBender26
It's the middle of the roaders, the independents, who decide national elections.

I disagree with the assumption that those who do not identify with the base of either party are necessarily moderates who like to split the difference.

A large portion of these people are in fact comparatively indifferent on specific stances, and evaluate the candidate as a package. Ross Perot really appealed to these kinds of people. A lot of the folks who supported him had no interested in a 50 cent gas tax increase. They did see his presentation as consistent and coherent. They embraced his demeanor and personality at least as much as his platform.

Some voters who do not ientify with a base also have a key issue that can get them to run counter, and it does not have to do with right or left per se. One issue that cost the Republicans a lot more than it was worth was the ban on Internet gambling. A lot of soft libertarian types who had been trending Republican saw that as a reason to go the other way. I would see Barack Obama as more likely to regulate Internet gambling than Sarah Palin.

Talented base candidates whip up the base, often sweeping up others in the moment. They also are more likely to force an opponent into making mistakes than a mushy-middle candidate who focus-groups his entire campaign.

Gerald Ford, Bob Dole, John McCain are mushy middle.
George H.W. Bush ran in '88 as Reagan II, winning big.
In '92, that was implausible, and he lost bigger.

Bennett didn't even see his own doom in his own state until it was way too late. This man's contact with the regular folks who decide elections comes only through proxies and white papers. He is unqualified to make the judgment.
18 posted on 02/26/2011 3:37:17 PM PST by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

19 posted on 02/26/2011 3:40:10 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Former Sen. Robert Bennett (R-Utah)

That's all you need to know. Former Senator. What a whining baby. You are an out of touch RINO Bob. That's why you got thrown out.


20 posted on 02/26/2011 3:40:10 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Didn't Bob lose his last election?
21 posted on 02/26/2011 3:40:54 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." -- Barry Soetoro, June 11, 2008)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Oh, the same person that beat his arse in the Primary? A non-RINO like Lugar and Murkowski?

STFU and collect your fat gub’mint pension, RINO.


22 posted on 02/26/2011 3:44:09 PM PST by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

**”The Republican nominee has almost always been closer to the center than the center of gravity in the Republican Party,” he explained.**

Read the book ...”Great Moderates of American History” ..248 blank pages.
Ford, GHW Bush, Dole, McLAME all great Moderates of the MUSHY MIDDLE and all ... LOSERS!!!

Last GOP to Run as a REAL CONSERVATIVE (REAGAN) lead two 49 state Electoral LANDSLIDES.


23 posted on 02/26/2011 3:44:13 PM PST by gwilhelm56 (Egypt 2011 = Iran 1979)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Our nominee will be Sarah Palin, if she wants it, and I think she does.


24 posted on 02/26/2011 3:44:21 PM PST by Walts Ice Pick
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Says the guy who lost to a Tea Partier. What a loser! Is this rino part of the no-labels outfit?


25 posted on 02/26/2011 3:45:15 PM PST by ABQHispConservative (Fire all the damn rino!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So the GOP is expected to take the advice of a loser ... and a sore loser at that.


26 posted on 02/26/2011 3:53:09 PM PST by EverOnward
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The RINo factor cannot be overlooked.

As far as “loseing a chance at the Senate’ - the National media is complict in that loss. Nobody has enough money to beat back the neditive 7x24 drumbeat of biased media outlets.


27 posted on 02/26/2011 4:00:32 PM PST by ASOC (What are you doing now that Mexico has become OUR Chechnya?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I saw the interview with this dickhead.Its no wonder why he lost to a tea partier.The guy is one arrogant egotistical ass.


28 posted on 02/26/2011 4:04:17 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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Why does not this dispirited loser just quietly go away?


29 posted on 02/26/2011 4:04:35 PM PST by Godwin1
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To: Godwin1

Ooooooo... made me spill my TEA......


30 posted on 02/26/2011 4:22:24 PM PST by Leo Carpathian (fffffFRrrreeeeepppeeee-ssed!)
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To: MindBender26
It's the middle of the roaders, the independents, who decide national elections.

It's the middle of the roaders with their big tent, reach out across the aisle, in the spirit of bipartisanship mentality that have incrementally led us down the path to socialism over many years.
31 posted on 02/26/2011 4:23:46 PM PST by Defend Liberty
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

BS


32 posted on 02/26/2011 4:27:21 PM PST by majormaturity
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Can these guys tell us how in the world Ronald Reagan ever got elected, much less by a landslide? If he was in the middle, that’s the middle I’ll take.


33 posted on 02/26/2011 4:28:02 PM PST by saint (There's hope for us, after all.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They never worried about such things when they were voting for the “next RINO in line”.


34 posted on 02/26/2011 4:29:02 PM PST by Politicalmom (America-The Land of the Sheep, the Home of the Caved.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Resistance is futile, RINO elites at the GOP-RNC...Prepare to be liberated.

We ain’t goin’ along with their dem-light candidates ever again.

From the jerks that gave us McCain!!! Please. They could not have done worse last time.

Dole? OMG. Another brillant choice from the DC elites.

We are taking back the party.

Get out of the way RINOs.


35 posted on 02/26/2011 4:40:50 PM PST by TheConservativeParty (POTUS 45 Sarah Palin....Resistance is futile! Prepare to be liberated!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Get in the box, Bob.


36 posted on 02/26/2011 4:43:05 PM PST by Leisler (Our debts are someone's profit. Follow the money, the vig.....)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No Bob, what we should be careful doing is nominating RINOs like you, McCain, and Lindsey Graham.

By-the-way Bob, we Utahans will also be voting your good buddy Orin “My Good Friend Ted Kennedy” Hatch OUT in 2012. Notice how Hatch is all of a sudden becoming conservative since he saw he’s a target of the Tea Party!

We’re on the ascendency...RINOs and establishment types like yourself are on the road extinction!


37 posted on 02/26/2011 4:45:09 PM PST by Artcore
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Who? He wasn't relevant when he was in the Senate. He's definitely not relevant now. ;)
38 posted on 02/26/2011 4:48:01 PM PST by IMissPresidentReagan (A kid like Prescott & still pro-life all the days of his life. President Reagan was truly a saint!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Bennett was ousted from the Senate after losing renomination at a state convention to a Tea Party candidate”

Sour grapes!


39 posted on 02/26/2011 4:50:53 PM PST by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Who is Bennett? /s


40 posted on 02/26/2011 4:52:13 PM PST by wintertime
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Oh, we will, Bob. Believe me...we will.

[imagine me reading that like Charlie Sheen wishing Brooke Burke luck because she’s “going to need it...badly.”]


41 posted on 02/26/2011 5:05:54 PM PST by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Key word being “FORMER”... Hmmm... wonder why???


42 posted on 02/26/2011 5:06:51 PM PST by KnutKase (VRWC member since 1988)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Can we defeat him again?


43 posted on 02/26/2011 5:12:10 PM PST by FreeAtlanta (Obama and the left are making a mockery of our country.)
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To: MindBender26
It's the middle of the roaders, the independents, who decide national elections. We will need a candidate who can attract them, not a Sharon Angle or Christine O'Donnell.

Adamantly disagree. Independents are drawn to strong candidates, not weak or mushy candidates trying to look "moderate." This has been proven in election after election.

We need the strongest conservative candidate we can field.

And for the record, Sharon Angle was defeated by voter fraud (union and illegals), pure and simple.

44 posted on 02/26/2011 5:15:56 PM PST by The Citizen Soldier (Obama: All turban, no camels.)
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To: Artcore
Hatch OUT in 2012. Notice how Hatch is all of a sudden becoming conservative since he saw he’s a target of the Tea Party!

I saw hatch on tv recently and he sounded like Sarah Palin, Jim Demint and Michelle Bachmann, all rolled into one.

The guy sounded more conservative than me, hey I wanted to get my guns and follow him into the hellfire.

Fear does crazy things to old politicos.

45 posted on 02/26/2011 5:38:57 PM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages, in honor of Standing Wolf.)
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To: The Citizen Soldier

Didn’t the voters decide to show this moron the door? Keep going, you RINO loser. Who really cares what you say about anything?


46 posted on 02/26/2011 5:39:50 PM PST by hal ogen (1st amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

With all due respect, shut up Bill. RINO’s like you have gotten us into the horrendous mess we’re in and RINO’s like you won’t get us out. It’s going to take new blood to do the job that needs to be done.


47 posted on 02/26/2011 5:39:55 PM PST by iceskater (11/2/10 - the beginning of the beginning of restoration.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Palin-Walker 2012


48 posted on 02/26/2011 5:53:13 PM PST by proudpapa
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To: USS Alaska

Fear does crazy things to old politicos.

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Indeed!

It really is sad that fear is the motivating factor behind RINOs change of heart; and not convictions!


49 posted on 02/26/2011 6:29:30 PM PST by Artcore
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I sincerely hope that the Teaparty Reps don’t lose their way because of tripe like this. The election in November wasn’t to put people in Congress to “go along to get along”. This point in time demands a whole different approach. We don’t need any more mealy-mouthed fence sitters like John McCain and Mike Huckabee. We certainly don’t need any more RINOs.

We need someone who isn’t afraid to speak out and stick to their guns after they do. Did anyone see a Democrat “compromising” or “reaching across the aisle” in the last two years? We need someone to take us full speed ahead. An over-the-top, brash and brave, strict Constitutionalist would fit the bill right about now. We can’t afford wishy-washy, there’s too much at stake.

Our Republican governors need to stick to the magnificent job they’re now doing in putting the stops on Obama’s cash cow unions. We all need to continue to stand behind their efforts and that of the Teaparty Representatives.


50 posted on 02/26/2011 8:25:29 PM PST by Aleya2Fairlie
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